There's more to first ladies than fashion

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It's easy to scroll through photos of past and present first ladies and only focus on fashion. Not surprisingly, appearances get the most buzz. After all, Melania Trump's stunningly expensive RNC dress is still engrained in our minds. Hillary Clinton has been criticized for her power suits, and Michelle Obama's accomplishments are often overlooked for her shoes.

Think about it: What more do you know about Jackie Kennedy besides her incredible mark on fashion history?

Did you know she was responsible for much of the White House's historic renovation? Opened a fully operational school on the third floor of the White House, complete with teachers and pets? Spoke a variety of languages? Was an incredibly successful book editor?

Today, the responsibilities of the first ladies of the United States extend far beyond "White House hostesses." Sure, we can still praise their style, but let's also remember their accomplishments and successes as first ladies.

Scroll through below to learn a bit more about some of them:

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Unlike most women at the time, Martha Washington was literate. She also liberated her husband's slaves after he died.

Engraving from 1885 featuring Abigail Adams who was the First Lady of the United States and married to the 2nd President of the United States, John Adams. She lived from 1744 until 1818.

She was one of the most 'informed' first ladies, and despite not formally schooled. 

Engraving from 1886 featuring Martha Jefferson who was the wife of the American President, Thomas Jefferson. However, she did not live to see her husband become president. 
Dolley Madison was one of the most loved first ladies, and saved the country's national treasures in the War of 1812. 
'This vintage engraving depicts the portrait First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams (1775 - 1852), wife of US President John Quincy Adams and born Louisa Catherine Johnson. Born in London, she was the only foreign-born First Lady. 
Engraving from 1886 featuring Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson who was the wife of the American President Andrew Jackson. She died before he was inaugurated. She took in poor family members, adopted her nephews and raised them. 
Engraving from 1886 featuring Letitia Christian Tyler who was the wife of the American President, John Tyler. 

Julia Gardiner Tyler, Wife Of Pres. John Tyler was one of the most graceful First Ladies and was an accomplished poet.

She was a dedicated volunteer for the Confederacy

Engraving from 1886 featuring Sarah Childress Polk who was the wife of the American President James K. Polk.

She was incredibly well educated, wrote speeches and correspondences for her husband. 

This is a portrait of Margaret Smith Taylor, the wife of the 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor.
Abigail Powers Fillmore, wife of President Willard Fillmore was notable for bringing music and art into the White House with music rooms. She also added to the library. 
Portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln, who was distraught at her son's premature death for most of the presidency. 
Engraving from 1886 featuring Eliza McCardle Johnson who was the wife of the American President Andrew Johnson. She was educated, brought her entire family into the White House, and was a gracious host.
 Mrs. Julia Dent Grant. Photo taken while Pres. Grant was in the White House, in 1876 was a notable host. 
Mrs Rutherford B. Hayes, wife of President Hayes. Lucy Ware Webb Hayes was First Lady of the United States and is often known as 'Lemonade Lucy' due to her support of the Temperance Movement. 

Wife of President James A. Garfield. (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

An intellectual, she was involved in the literary society, and strived to preserve her husband's career and reputation.

Portrait of First Lady Ellen Herndon Arthur (1837 - 1880), mid 19th century. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images). She died before her husband took office. 

First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

She strived to increase employment and education for women.

1889: Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison (1832 - 1892), the first wife of American president Benjamin Harrison. She was an accomplished pianist, artist and dancer, and hosted many elegant parties before dying of tuberculosis in the White House. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
First Lady Ida Saxon McKinley and President William McKinley (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

U.S. First Lady Edith Roosevelt (1861 - 1948) sits at her desk in the second floor private library of the White House, 1903. She was the second wife of president Theodore Roosevelt. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

She was known for her gentle spirit and good judgement, was considered a scholarly reader and dedicated her life to helping the poor. 

circa 1912: Mrs Ellen Wilson (nee Axson, 1860 - 1914), the first wife of the 28th American President Woodrow Wilson. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 

When her husband suffered a stroke, she essentially took over all governmental matters in his second term. 

(Original Caption) Mrs. Harding Plants a tree in her backyard. The first lady of the land, recently received from a number of prominent men of Washington, a magnolia tree. The photo shows her after she had planted the tree in the yard of the White House.
First Lady Grace Goodhue Coolidge (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images). She was voted one of America's greatest living women and was popular for her social events. 
Portrait of former First Lady Louise Henry Hoover (1874 - 1944) dressed as President of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Washington, D.C., 1924. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)
circa 1950: Portrait of Bess Truman (1885-1982), First Lady of the United States and wife of Democratic President Harry Truman. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). She took on her new role after Roosevelt was killed, was opinionated and kept out of the social eye. 
circa 1930: Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (1896 - 1979), wife of American president Dwight D Eisenhower. She was a popular First Lady and an accomplished hostess at the White House. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

1961: EXCLUSIVE First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) sits in the back seat of a car and smiles while a photographer takes her picture, Palm Beach, Florida. 

She was known for her fashion, language skills and media presence. Jackie continued her advocacy after her husband's assassination. 

Portrait of American First Lady Lady Bird Johnson (born Claudia Alta Taylor, 1912 - 2007) as she poses in a garden, 1963. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Unlike other first ladies, she addressed Congress on a number of issues. 

A portrait of the American Second Lady Thelma Catherine Ryan 'Pat' Nixon (1912 - 1993), United States, mid-20th century. Pat Nixon, wife of Richard Nixon, later served as First Lady when her husband became the thirty-seventh President of the United States. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)

She was notable for her work in a number of volunteer causes and charities, and added nearly 600 paintings to the White House. 

circa 1975: Former First Lady, Elizabeth 'Betty ' Ford, stands outdoors behind microphones. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

Betty was involved in opening discussion on mental health, equal rights and legalizing abortion. A cancer survivor, she was open about speaking about her experiences. 

(Original Caption) This is the official portrait of the First Lady, Rosalynn Carter, taken on February 18, 1977, in the Vermeil Room of the White House.

She was a huge influence on her husband's policies, sat in on meetings, and advocated for mental health. 

Dressed in formal wear for a state dinner, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan await the arrival of a guest at the North Portico entrance to the White House.

Reagan focused on solving the drug epidemic and alcohol abuse. 

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: First Lady Hillary Clinton (R) watches over as 12-year-old Chevon Perry (L) works on a lesson at P.S. 115 Elementary School 26 January 1993. Clinton made her first trip as first lady to New York to receive an award for her service to children. (Photo credit should read TIM CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Clinton is not only open about family issues, but health as well. 

WASHINGTON, : Future US First Lady Laura Bush (C) hugs a student at Seaton Elementary School 19 January, 2001, in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Bush visited the school with author Angela Shelf-Medearis who read from some of her books. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

She pioneered education reforms in the United States. 

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